Hawes Circular

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From the Dales Countryside Museum at Hawes, walk up to the main road where you turn left and follow the A684 out of the town. Just before the last houses on your right take the footpath to the right through a kissing gate (signpost ‘Burtersett’). Follow the flagged path straight on to reach a lane. Cross over the road and take the path opposite to the left and follow the clear path straight on, bearing slightly to the left, through a small wall gate, after which continue along the stone-flagged path across several fields through a series of wall gaps. As you approach the houses of Burtersett, the flagged path divides – follow the right-hand path that leads uphill and on between the houses into Burtersett.

Turn right and follow the road up through the village then where the road bends round to the left take the lane to the right (‘Dead End’ sign). Walk along this lane then after a short distance take the rough track to the left (signpost). Follow this clear track out of Burtersett and continue to follow it as it climbs steeply up, bearing to the right across the flanks of Wether Fell. Follow the clear track up passing through two gates then up and round to the left to pass between Yorburgh on your left and Wether Fell to your right. The track levels out and becomes a grassy track that leads down to a gap in the stone wall across your path near to a small hut. Head through this wall gap then, almost immediately, where the track bends sharply to the right head straight on across the grassy moorland and follow the clear narrow path up, across a tumbledown wall and on to reach the walled track of Cam High Road (Roman Road).

Turn left along Cam High Road and follow this straight on downhill for 3 miles (crossing a road across your path after 1½ miles (2.41km)) to eventually join a metalled lane, which you follow straight on down into Bainbridge. As you walk into the village head to the left across the village green to reach the Rose & Crown pub.

Leave Bainbridge along the road to the right of the Rose & Crown pub (‘Askrigg’) and follow this road down to Yore Bridge across the River Ure. Immediately after the bridge take the footpath to the left (signpost), after which bear up to the right through a kissing gate then head straight on over the old railway line to pass to the right of the farm buildings ahead. Head through a gate just after the farmhouse then walk behind the farmhouse and on to quickly join the road through another small gate beside the main farm entrance. Turn left along the road then take the footpath to the right after about 200 yards (signpost ‘Skell Gill’). Head straight on across the field to reach the wall opposite, however turn left here alongside the stone wall (do not head through the gate). Where this wall bends round to the right, head up to the left to a wall-gap, after which head to the right and walk over the small hill alongside the overgrown hedge / tumbledown wall on your right to another wall-gap. After this wall-gap bear to the right down across the hillside, through a wall-gap in the stone wall across your path (in the stone wall which is heading down the hillside – farmhouse across to your right). After this, head on to join a lane near to a stone barn.

Turn right along the lane, bending round to the left passing the farmhouse climbing up the hillside to reach a gate. After the gate continue along the track as it bends round to the right (alongside the stone wall on your right) and levels out – at the signpost (‘Sedbusk’) turn off to the left away from the clear track across the grassy moorland and drop down to join a clearer grassy track alongside a stone wall on your left. Follow this track, becoming much clearer, straight on passing a number of farmhouses until you eventually join a clear track that passes behind a large double gable-ended farmhouse.

Head straight on along the clear track passing the farm buildings and through a gate after which continue straight on along the grassy track again alongside the stone wall on your left. The track heads on through a series of gates and then becomes a very clear enclosed track, then after a short distance before this track bends round to the left take the footpath to the right over stone steps beside a gate. Turn left after these steps and walk straight on across the field, keeping close to the wall on your left, over a stream to reach a wall-gate, after which head straight on following the clear path through a series of wall-gates on to reach the houses at Litherskew. As you reach the lane at Litherskew walk straight on along the track for a short distance then where this track divides take the left-hand branch (signpost) passing between the farm buildings to reach a gate just after the barn on your right (ignore gate and track to the left). After the gate, head straight on through a wall gate ahead and continue on across a series of fields through wall gaps – as you approach the houses follow the path bearing very slightly to the left straight on that leads into a small copse of woodland. Walk through the woods then where you emerge from the woods continue straight on alongside the wall on your right to a wall-gate ahead that leads on to reach a lane at Sedbusk.

Turn left along the lane down out of Sedbusk then, after a short distance, take the footpath to the right (where the road opens out slightly) through a small wall-gate. Bear to the right down across the field, through a wall-gate then continue on dropping down to join the road through another small wall-gate. At the road take the path opposite to the right (signpost ‘Haylands Bridge’) and follow the clear path bearing to the right down across the field, over a stone bridge and on to reach the road. Turn left along the road, over Haylands Bridge and follow the road round to the left back up to Hawes – a flagged path to the right cuts off a corner of this road.

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